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Vancouver Noir

For fans of the city, noir fiction, and the series.—Frances Thorsen, Victoria, BC

You Will Know Me

Admirers of Patricia Highsmith, Laura Lippman, and Kimberly Pauley (Ask Me) are in for a treat. New readers have a backlist to explore! [See Prepub Alert, 1/26/16; see also profile of Abbott, p. 65.—Ed.]

The Girl in the Ice: A Konrad Simonsen Thriller

This police procedural by a Danish brother-and-sister writing team isn't always a smooth read; the sometimes awkward translation disrupts the flow. Some of Simonsen's actions aren't realistic for a man of his rank, and the ending feels rushed. If you like the thrillers of Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström or Mons Kallentoft, give the Hammer siblings a try.

Dark Rooms

Despite an ambiguous ending that left this crime fiction fan somewhat dissatisfied, Anolik's haunting debut is tough to put down and will stay with you for a long time. The author's characters and tone recall Donna Tartt's The Secret History or Kimberly Pauley's Ask Me. [See Preub Alert, 9/15/14.]

Forty Days Without Shadow: An Arctic Thriller

Short-listed for the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger 2014, this atmospheric thriller leaves a lasting impression with its depiction of an ancient culture under pressure from the modern world. Aficionados of the genre who enjoy intriguing settings in their mysteries and fans of Tony Hillerman, James Lee Burke, and Henning Mankell will delight in discovering this young French writer.

The Beige Man: An Inspector Irene Huss Investigation set in Sweden

Fans of Henning Mankell and Håkan Nesser will enjoy Tursten. For readers new to the series, there is no need to start at the beginning. Allow yourself time, this can be easily read in one sitting.

The Red Chameleon

Wright's debut novel offers a promising start to a hard-boiled series featuring an idiosyncratic female PI whose quirkiness will appeal to fans of Linda Barnes or Karen Kijewski. While the action is sometimes slowed down by excessively repeated wig details, the author gives tantalizing glimpses into Stone's undercover career that one hopes will be developed more to help further explain some of her unusual behaviors. The supporting characters are also well developed and absorbing.

Shadows on the Mirror: A Sarah Fortune Mystery

Fyfield delves well into the different characters' psyche and ambitions, and readers who appreciate psychological mysteries such as those penned by Barbara Vine/Ruth Rendell or Minette Walters will enjoy this series. British crime writer Fyfield wrote this novel in 1989, and it was released in the United States in 1991. But as the hardcover edition has been long out of print, this ebook reissue will be a welcome substitute.

The Long Shadow

While the complex plot leads to an exciting climax, the multitude of story lines incorporate coincidences that can test readers' suspension of disbelief. Familiarizing yourself with previous books in the series is heavily suggested as it will provide a better understanding of Annika, the supporting characters, and some plotlines that have continued from the earlier books. Fans of Anne Holt will enjoy Marklund.

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